Kristy McNichol
American actress
Kristy McNichol
Christina Ann "Kristy" McNichol is an American actress. McNichol is known for her roles as Leticia “Buddy” Lawrence on the television drama series Family and as Barbara Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest. She is also the sister of former child actor Jimmy McNichol. McNichol retired from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992.
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'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Producers Give A Sneak Peek Of The New Season (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On OWN's original series, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" executive producers Jill Van Lokeren and Julie Simpson track down past "Oprah Show" guests, celebrities and newsmakers to take viewers on a walk down memory lane. On Sunday, Nov. 3, the show returns for a new season with singer Michael Bolton, "Jon & Kate Plus 8" reality star Jon Gosselin, Soleil Moon Frye of "Punky Brewster" fame and "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter. The show's producers joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd to share moments from the upcoming episode and discuss how they decide who to revisit. Along with pulling ideas from "The Oprah Show" vault, the producers say they get many suggestions from viewers who tweet to #WhereAreTheyNow. "We have these huge brainstorming sessions once a week, and we all just get around a big table and everybody throw out ideas, and it's really fun," Simpson says. "It just runs the gamut -- the lists are massive." The show has featured everyone from Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady on "T ...
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Kristy McNichol comes out, stands against bullies
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol+1">Kristy McNichol</a> with her partner Martie Allen After being out of the public eye for more than 20 years <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol+1">Kristy McNichol</a> has decided to come out as a lesbian to help kids who are being bullied. People magazine reports McNichol, 49, who has lived with her partner Martie Allen for the last 20 years, has decided to make a statement about her sexuality because she is “approaching 50” and wants to “be open about who I am.” “She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support,” the former actress’ publicist Jeff Ballard told People. “She would like to help others who feel different.” McNichol played Buddy Lawrence in the ‘70s TV show Family, for which she won an Emmy, and later played Barbara Weston in Empty Nest. McNichol quit Hollywood in the early 1990s after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She now spends her ...
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Emmy winning child star Kristy McNichol out of the closet after 20 years
Green Celebrity Network - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a>, who prefers living a very private life, has dedicated much of her life to giving to charity and helping children since leaving the acting profession. She has done work for charities like the H.E.L.P Group, supporting children with conditions like autism (as does Celebrity Wife Swap star Carnie Wilson), Asperger's, and other disorders related to emotional problems and abuse. She also supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The former child star came out of the closet in 2012 after twenty years of virtual public silence to help support other lesbian and gay kids. Keep reading...
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Ex-child star Kristy McNichol comes out as lesbian
Reuters.com - about 5 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former child star <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a>, star of 1970s TV shows "Family" and "Empty Nest", came out as a lesbian on Monday, in a public gesture to support kids who are bullied over their sexuality.
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Kristy McNichol, of 'Empty Nest,' Comes Out as Lesbian
Hispanic Business - about 5 years
OK, so <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a> is a lesbian. That's nice. The former child star has been with her partner, Martie Allen, for about 20 years, and we say good on ya, sister....
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Kristy McNichol Reveals She is Gay
JD Journal - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a>, the actress from ‘Family’ and ‘Empty Nest,’ announced that she is a lesbian over the weekend. McNichol played Buddy Lawrence in the show ‘Family,’ which aired during the 70s, winning an Emmy for her work. She also played Barbara Weston on the spin-off of the ‘Golden Girls,’ ‘Empty Nest.’ McNichol revealed that she is a lesbian because “I am approaching 50 and I want to be open about who I am.” McNichol has lived with her partner, Martie Allen, for close to 20 years now. She said that she chose to come out of the closet now because she “is very sad about kids being bullied… and she hopes that coming out can help kids who need support,” according to her publicist, Jeff Ballard. “She would like to help others who feel different.” The career for McNichol began with guest roles on ‘Starsky and Hutch’ and ‘The Biomnic Woman.’ McNichol has not appeared in a television series as a regular since the middle of the 1 ...
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Family's Kristy McNichol Comes Out as a Lesbian
American Superstar - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a> has come out publicly as a lesbian in hopes of helping others who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation, People reports. McNichol, best-known for starring in the ABC drama Family and NBC's Empty Nest, revealed that she has been... Read More &gt; read more
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Kristy McNichol Comes Out As A Lesbian To Help Stop Bullying
Perez Hilton - about 5 years
Good for her! Actress <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a> has been out of the public for about 20 years, but she's bravely chosen to come out to try to help kids who are being bullied. The Family and Empty Nest star decided to make an official statement about her sexuality not only because she is "approaching 50," but she wants to "be open about who I am" and "is very sad about kids being bullied." Her rep says: "She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different. She is very happy and healthy. And she enjoys living a very private life." Kristy has lived with her partner Martie Allen for the past two decades and focuses on improving her health by doing yoga, playing tennis, traveling, and raising her miniature dachshunds. It's great to hear that she's so happy and healthy - and what a wonderful message to country's youths who are struggling with being who they truly are. W ...
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Kristy McNichol Wants to 'Be Open About Who I Am' (Elizabeth McNeil/People.com)
Wesmirch.com - about 5 years
Elizabeth McNeil / People.com: <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a> Wants to ‘Be Open About Who I Am’  —  <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a> has been out of the public eye for 20 years.  Now she's chosen to come out - to try to help kids who are being bullied.  —  McNichol, 49, who has lived with her partner Martie Allen, also 49, for the past two decades …
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Kristy McNichol of Empty Nest: I&#8217;m Gay
Gossip Cop - about 5 years
Twenty years after leaving Hollywood behind, <a class="fplink fp-166918" href="/kristy+mcnichol">Kristy McNichol</a> is returning to the spotlight to reveal a big secret. She's gay.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kristy McNichol
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 49
    After her retirement, McNichol taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work. In 2012, she came out as a lesbian, in the hopes that her openness would help young people who are bullied because of their sexuality.
    More Details Hide Details 1977:Emmy, for Family ;1979:Emmy, for Family ;1980:People's Choice Award for "Favorite Young Motion Picture Actress" ;1982:Young Artist Award, for Only When I Laugh 1978:Emmy, for Family ;1979:Golden Globe, for Family ;1980:Emmy, for Family 1981:Young Artist Award, for My Old Man and Little Darlings ;1982:Golden Globe, for Only When I Laugh
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 38
    In June 2001, McNichol announced that she has retired from acting.
    More Details Hide Details Her publicist released this statement: "A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part – myself! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting; however, some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 29
    She left the show in 1992, but returned for its final episode in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details It was her last on-screen performance, though she went on to voice characters in the animated TV series Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) and Invasion America (1998).
  • 1988
    Age 25
    In 1988, she made two theatrical films, You Can't Hurry Love and Two Moon Junction.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, McNichol played Barbara Weston on the NBC sitcom Empty Nest, a spin-off of The Golden Girls.
  • 1986
    Age 23
    In 1986, McNichol appeared in Women of Valor, a TV movie about American nurses in a World War II Japanese POW camp.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 17
    In 1980, she appeared with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, for which she received a six-figure salary—unprecedented for a teenager.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she co starred in Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
    In 1980, she played the leading role in the hit coming of age movie Little Darlings, which co starred Tatum O'Neal, Matt Dillon, and Cynthia Nixon.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance was acclaimed by many reviewers, including those who disliked the film itself.
  • 1978
    Age 15
    In 1978, she starred with Burt Reynolds in the comedy The End.
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    In 1978, she starred in the acclaimed TV movie, Summer of My German Soldier.
    More Details Hide Details McNichol began her film career in 1977, in Black Sunday, but her scenes were cut during editing.
    In 1978, McNichol performed with Jimmy in a second Carpenters' holiday special, The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait.
    More Details Hide Details McNichol was one of the biggest teen stars of that era. She appeared on talk shows such as The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, and made several appearances on Battle of the Network Stars and other celebrity-based sports shows.
    In 1978, she and Jimmy made their own foray into music, recording the album Kristy & Jimmy McNichol for RCA Records.
    More Details Hide Details It included the single "He's So Fine" (a cover of The Chiffons' 1963 hit), which peaked at #70 on the Billboard chart. The McNichols promoted the album at New York's Studio 54 discothèque with other celebrities, such as Brooke Shields.
  • 1977
    Age 14
    In 1977, McNichol appeared on The Carpenters at Christmas TV special, performing several musical numbers with the duo.
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  • 1976
    Age 13
    In 1976, McNichol was cast as Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence in the television drama series Family (1976–80), for which she earned two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series (1977 and 1979).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1962.
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